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(en) Poland, Warshawa, New Call for Alternative Economic Forum in Warsaw

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(www.alter.most.org.pl/aes/forum2.htm)
Date Mon, 9 Feb 2004 13:02:50 +0100 (CET)


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NEW CALL AND INFORMATION! From: Laure <cube_A-zigzag.pl> To: alter-ee-A-lists.most.org.pl
The business leaders of the world have worked hard to create a politics which is
maximally beneficial to creating profit for their owners who have succeeded in
concentrating most of the world's wealth in their hands. While they maintain that
only by strengthening business can we create employment and ultimately benefit the
average person, we have seen an erosion of living standards for working people in much of the
developed world, a loss of well-paying jobs in favour of the creation of jobs with low job
security and often lower pay, rising speculation in areas such as land and housing and a
shifting of the social burden off employers or the state and onto individuals who still pay
heavily into the state in the form of taxes but receive fewer and fewer benefits from it.

The politics of the economy are often formed at meetings of the world
business leaders, at events such as the World Economic Forum. They are
then implemented by governments, often at the recommendation or the
regulations of institutions such as the European Union, NAFTA and, in
the case of debtor countries, the IMF. The political strategy of Poland,
for the last few years, has been dominated by the recommendations of the EU.

The road chosen by the EU is presented as the only existing path to
development for Poland. Seen through the eyes of the media, the
countries of Central Europe have rushed into the EU with open arms. The
process of transforming the post-communist countries are presented as an
outstanding success which, sometime in the future, will eventually bring
increased welfare to society, even if they haven't exactly managed it so
far.

The propaganda about these successes are accompanied by refrains about
the lack of alternatives and this managed to convince many people that
there is no alternative, no choice but to follow the EUropean model and
neoliberal economics. Even those who suffer from the destructive results
of state politics and current economic trends have stopped believing in
any alternative visions.

On 28-30, the European Economic Forum will be held in Warsaw. It will
surely be used as a propaganda instrument for the triumph of neo-liberal
ideology and occurs on the eve of EU accession.

In a recent interview given by President Kwasniewski in Davos, he
boasted of Poland's economic growth and of austerity measures Poland
will take in order to prepare itself for entrance into the Eurozone
which would require then to stick to the strict budget requirements of
the Stability Pact.

At the same time, unemployment continues to hover around 20% in much of
Poland, real living standards are falling rapidly, medical services are
being privatized and slashed, privatized rail lines have become too
expensive for people to afford and an increasing amount of the social
burden is falling on low and mid-income people while businesses and
entrepeneurs have enjoyed record tax cuts and highly favourable
legislation. So even though the economy is in fact growing, only a very
few people at the top seem to be enjoying this.

Following a discussion at Davos, it turns out that if the Warsaw summit
is successful, it may be held here every year. Although all the
five-star hotels that have mushroomed around the city may need the
business, we prefer not to host such guests and we intend to make the
participants' stay here as memeorable as possible. A number of events
will be held in Warsaw at that time, among them a mass demonstration on
April 29 and a May Day street party plus anti-EU event.

We are organizing the Forum because we want to show that there are
alternatives to current economic practices. We want to show that ideas
of self-management and self-organized economy have not died.

SOME TOPICS AT THE FORUM

Some of these topics are new or differ slightly than the ones originally
announced due to interest in them or lack of interest in others. A more
detailed description will be available in March.

* Economic Perspectives: Will recession in Western Europe demand
structural reforms
* The Politics of Agriculture, Big Business and practical alternatives
* Legal ramifications of the EU
* Experience of exchange without money and other alternatives to big
business
* Experience of alternative consumser cooperatives
* EU expansion, workers and economy in Central Europe
* Politics of drugs
* Ecological alternatives
* Experience of workers outside the EU and the impact of expansion of
them...

...and others.

Other proposals welcome.

*
>>From the Polish :http://www.alter.most.org.pl/wef/ase.htm#kim
> The Alternative Economic Forum is organized by independent libertarian
> activists not related to any political parties. We define our views as
> anarchist.


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